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The "New Direction" Congress
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 22, 2007

If you can't really accomplish anything, then spin, spin, spin:
House Democrats are launching a major message push this week in an attempt to reverse their sagging approval ratings as Congress tackles a heavy legislative docket before the end of the year.

Late last week, the top aides to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) called a mandatory meeting for top Democratic staff on Monday afternoon to announce "a major member-driven message campaign" the leadership aides hope to sustain through the end of the year.

This comes on the heels of a renewed drive by Pelosi herself this fall to tout Democratic achievements so far this year in the face of polling that indicates support is slipping for the new majority.
They've been pathetic, and that isn't even an arguable point. Never, in my remembrance, have I seen more ineffective leadership within a Congress than the current crop (and I thought Denny Hastert had a lock on the worst Speaker of the House for at least a number of decades if not a century).

Their answer?

"We will discuss a major member-driven message campaign that the New Direction Congress will be carrying out in the coming weeks," the aides wrote in an e-mail.


This outreach drive has a message component focusing on legislation the new majority has already passed - even those bills President Bush has vetoed - and a strategic component that directs members to do some specific things - convene town hall meetings, reach out to local reporters, update their websites, etc - to spread the message back home about what Democrats have done and still hope to do during the remaining months of this year.
I am going to be very interested to see what message they're going to "spread" (that's an appropriate description if ever there was one) about their accomplishments to date.

Heh ... the "New Direction Congress".

Down is a direction, right?
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Well, they biggest problem has been in confusing the will of the people with Willis and the rest of the nutroots crowd.

Once they stop paying attention to the vocal mini minority they lot will definitely improve.
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I wouldn’t bet on the odds of that happening joe...
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As pointed out over at Just One Minute, that should be "NewD irection".

The netroots are mumbling like they were on the wrong end of it.
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